Grey's Anatomy

Season 6 Episode 8

Invest In Love

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A generous $25 million donation is offered to Seattle Grace by the parents of a 10-year-old cancer patient. This prompts the Chief to pressure Arizona into performing a risky operation on the child. Meanwhile, Arizona is upset that Callie is not contributing more to their relationship. Cristina tests her boundaries with Owen during a critical surgery. Alex is left with all of Izzie's hospital bills to contend with, and as he immerses himself in his work at the hospital, Reed feels herself growing closer to him.moreless

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  • Introducing: Arizona Robbins

    I am loving the sixth season so far! It is off to a much better start than season five and it has great potential!

    I have noticed that they are focusing on a different character every week and I think it's a good idea, especially now that there are so many characters in the show.

    Arizona was fantastic this episode. I believe that peds has to be the toughest, but also the most rewarding "branch" of surgery. Dealing with death of children is not something anyone should face, let alone almost every day. But Jessica Capshaw was stunning this time around. She deserved each penny of the 25 mil. xD

    Another thing that surprised me is that the absence of Izzie (who has been my favourite character) for the past couple of episodes doesn't make me miss her at all. In fact, I'd dare say that the show is even better off without her, cause her cancer storyline was a little too difficult for me in season five. I think the writers are intentionally making her a jerk so that they could drop her character next season, as she was saved at the end of season five.

    An even bigger surprise is that I found myself rooting for Dr. Reed Adamson this time around. I think that she and Karev would be an interesting couple. Plus, I find her very cute. xD As for Karev we got to see his teddy bear side again, and I always love those moments.

    Happy Meredith is quite enjoyable. Her I do miss back in the halls of Seattle Grace Mercy West. Everyone else was great, too, and I am really looking forward to see more of this show, cause it seems to have made me fall in love with it all over again.moreless
  • All eyes are on Arizona who is dealing with impounding stress as a generous donation will be given to a patient she has grown close to; Alex deals with Izzie's leftovers; and Cristina has her eyes set on a certain someone after he defends her in surgery.moreless

    Brilliant episode. "Invest In Love" was one of the better episodes this season, not that any of these episodes were that bad, but Season 6 has had its share. I look forward to next week's episode. Owen remains to be a jerk in my eyes. Here's hoping he will redeem himself or something because I find him to be unbearable. I like Cristina and the other doctor together, hope they become an item or something, but I doubt anybody else likes their coupling. Arizona and Callie are a beautiful couple. I love how Callie and Arizona love each other. Arizona's plot was sad but it remained to be great in my eyes. I hope that Arizona gets more plots as her acting is amazing and she is a great character. Arizona and Callie are fastly becoming one of my favorite couples.

    Alex is awesome. I hope him and Reed don't become a couple but they're cool when they're friends and stuff. That lady who had the baby looked very similar to the cancer girl in the flood episode last season.

    Derek and Meredith, I miss them, but I'm glad Meredith and Izzie will return next week, but I'm afraid that the cast is bloating. lol.moreless
  • No wonder why I love this show

    Ok, maybe it was not as great as the last two episodes, but it was good anyway!

    I enjoy how the writers focus on one character each week. Arizona was amazing...sad story no doubt, still the end was perfect. The parents giving the money to SG, and of course how she said I love you, and Callie's face!!! Couldn't have been better.

    I feel for Alex too, the loneliness...I don't know how they gonna fix his relationship with Izzie.

    Cristina was interesting too. It's obvious she's desperate to get into the OR and go back to cardio no matter what. Funny as she always is, and thank god she didn't cheat on Owen...kinda...

    Also, the music was perfect! especially the last song.

    The only thing I didn't like was seeing the dead kid on the table, I'm not sure it's that necessary. It could have worked without showing him, we can use our imagination I think.

    Can't wait for next week, Izzie is back! Meredith too!moreless
  • Another good episode.

    After last week's strong offering, we got another good episode of Grey's Anatomy tonight. I am not an Arizona fan, so that is why I was surprised that an episode revolving around her was so good. I guess it is more proof that the old guard is being phased out for the new crop of stars. Meredith, Derek, Bailey and Cristina were barely on screen at all tonight, and Izzy wasn't there altogether. I do not know if the "new" Grey's Anatomy will hold up in the ratings, but the transition has been smooth so far.

    We could have used a few more Lexie and Sloan scenes though. Just saying.moreless
  • Arizona bags a $25M prize

    Grey's is probably on a streak of churning out episodes focusing on one character at a time. Last time we had one that went on to convey why Mcdreamy is the best doc in business. And this week Arizona Robbins shows us how love can buy money. And quite frankly, I don't seem to notice the absence of some big shots like Meredith, Izzie, Sloan, and Bailey. I think Shonda should take cue from this and fire Heigl permanently, and it's high time she realizes that it is the unit as a whole that produces the magic and not one blond movie star with a big mouth.

    This was otherwise a good episode. Had the perfect mix of medical cases, relationship stuff, and character development.moreless
Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers

Dr. Alex Karev

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Dr. Meredith Grey

Chyler Leigh

Chyler Leigh

Dr. Lexie Grey

Eric Dane

Eric Dane

Dr. Mark Sloan

Kevin McKidd

Kevin McKidd

Dr. Owen Hunt

Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez

Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres

Caroline Choi

Caroline Choi


Guest Star

Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Bethany Anderson

Guest Star

Alanna Masterson

Alanna Masterson

Hillary Boyd

Guest Star

Nora Zehetner

Nora Zehetner

Dr. Reed Adamson

Recurring Role

Jesse Williams (II)

Jesse Williams (II)

Dr. Jackson Avery

Recurring Role

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Larry Jennings

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Callie (wakes up): Oh, I'm awake. I'm-- I'm totally awake. I'm... There's... hats! (puts a hat on) And gifts! And... and donuts! And lingerie. (blows into a horn, and it makes a quiet sound) Really? (laughs)
      Arizona: I love you.
      Callie: You do?
      Arizona: I do.
      Callie: I love you, too.

    • Derek: The Chief still won't talk to me.
      Meredith: He will.
      Derek: Since when did you become an optimist?
      Meredith (laughs): This is married, happy me.

    • Lexie: Go ahead and gloat, surprise parties never end in any good.
      Mark: Well, I think this party speaks for itself.
      Lexie: I don't get it. You know, the best birthday of my life was a surprise party that my parents threw. I- I loved it. So much.
      Mark: How old were 'ya at this party?
      Lexie: Seven.
      Mark: Mmm. Like I said. Speaks for itself.

    • Callie: Okay, in retrospect, I realize now that suprise parties are hostile. And this was a bad idea. Please, stop crying. I'm sorry. I'm sorry about the party.
      Arizona (crying): Wallace died. And he's supposed to be turning 11 today and instead, he's lying in a morgue.

    • Cristina (scoffs): My luck will run out. It has nothing to do with luck. He's just being an ass, I rocked that embolus. (Mer smiles at her) What?
      Meredith: He cares about you.
      Cristina: So?
      Meredith: So maybe he's a little bit right. I get it. I mean, I'm dying to get out of this bed and cut. But you did an unauthorized procedure in an OR. You're an amazing surgeon, but if anything had gone wrong, that would of been your career. I mean, he cares about your career. He's in love with you.
      Cristina: I hate married, happy you.
      Meredith (laughs): Go to work. And don't cut anybody open without permission.

    • Richard: I'll let Wallace's parents know that you did everything you could.
      Charles: Wait, Dr. Robbins, don't we have to tell the parents, let them know that he didn't make it?
      Arizona: No.
      Charles: What do you mean no?
      Arizona: I mean no. I will not be speaking to Wallace's parents. Mr. Jennings and the Chief will be taking care of that formality because as far as they are concerned, and as far as the Andersons will be concerned, I just killed their son. I'm a liablity. Because if they were to ask me, the truth is, I would tell them that I did just kill their son. And they should sue. And I am responsible. But that's not in the best interests of the hospital. Am I close?
      Jennings: Yeah, I think we're on the same page.

    • Richard: What the hell happened to the Anderson boy?
      Arizona: He's in septic shock. His body was too unstable to handle the surgery, which is what I said in the first place.
      Richard: Well, maybe I can help.
      Arizona: No, no you can't. Because as long as you're standing there breathing over my shoulder, I feel like I'm operating on a stack of dollar bills, 25 million dollar bills, and what I need to be invested in right now is this kid, so please, get the hell out of my OR!

    • Owen: I have every right to be mad at you, Cristina. You'd never pull that stunt with another attending.
      Cristina: I seem to recall Callie was there, she still didn't stop me.
      Callie: Okay, guys, not now.
      Owen: You took advantage of me and you took advantage of our relationship.
      Cristina: Oh, please, the kid was dying.
      Arizona: Oh, whoa, whoa. What kid? What happened?
      Owen: Oh, so you didn't hear?
      Arizona: No. No, I didn't.
      Owen: Cristina, she performed an unauthorized and unnecessary thoracotomy against my orders.
      Arizona: She what?
      Cristina: I saved the patient's life.
      Arizona: Okay, so you were there and you didn't tell me?
      Callie: I was going to, but you were all, 'Tell me I'm great'. So...
      Arizona: Okay, so it's my fault that Yang went rogue on a child?
      Cristina: Okay, it wasn't rogue. It was brillant.
      Owen: It wasn't! You know? I- I'm done. You got lucky today, Cristina, and you may think you can get away with whatever you want, but I'm telling you one of these days that luck is gonna run out. (Owen leaves, Arizona's pager beeps)
      Callie: Okay, so you're leaving, too?
      Arizona: Yes, because I have a patient. (slams door)
      Cristina: Bitches.

    • Arizona: I left two messages.
      Callie (sighs): I'm sorry, I was in surgery, there were compli--
      Arizona: I don't care. I don't care, alright? I operated on Wallace tonight when I knew better. I keep retracing every step, every suture, and I keep going over it and over it.
      Callie: He didn't make it?
      Arizona: He did. He's in recovery. That's not the point. What I needed from you tonight was a little support, for once, and you weren't there.
      Callie: Okay, you're scared. So, you're picking a fight. You get that, yeah?
      Arizona: Yeah. Yeah, fine. Whatever. But I've helped you through crisis after crisis, and for once I thought that I could come here tonight and get something.

    • (Alex is standing shirtless, holding the preemie baby)
      Derek: Karev, what are you doing?
      Bailey: Uh, he's saving a baby's life, that's what.
      Reed: Dr. Bailey, I... (looks up) Oh. No shirt. He's wearing no shirt.
      Derek: Have you started to lactate yet?
      Alex: Bailey made me.
      Mark: Is this the room for the calender shoot? I was told it was downstairs. (Derek laughs)
      Bailey: Alright, that's enough. Everybody out. Let Karev do what he's doing in private.
      Mark: What is he doing, exactly?
      Bailey: Out.

    • Hillary's Mom: Mushrooms?!
      Hillary: Oh, come on. Can everybody please chill out?
      Hillary's Mom: What in God's name were you thinking?
      Hillary's Dad: I can't believe... You're a disappointment, young lady. A big, big disappointment.
      Hillary: Dad, please. Okay, the last thing that I am is a disappointment. I get straight A's. I'm on the honor roll. I run the student council. I basically am the school paper. I tutor kids with reading problems. Okay? I am every parent's dream come true. Including yours. I was exploring the bounds of my conciousness with help of a mushroom. I made a calculated risk by going on the roof. Falling off, well, that was a low-probabllity event. Even low-probablity events occasionally occur, and this one did. So, yeah, you're bummed that I miscalculated 'cause it reminds you of your own fallibilty. I'm bummed, too. Let's just leave it at that.

    • Callie: Okay, she's downplaying it, right? I'm her girlfriend. I have to do something for her birthday, right?
      Owen: Yes.
      Cristina: No.
      Lexie: Of course you do. Oh, oh, a suprise party!
      Mark: Whoa, whoa. Bad idea. Surprise parties are hostile. They're dark. People jump out and scream at you. They never come to any good.

    • Arizona: I always knew that Wallace's parents were wealthy, but not 25 million dollars wealthy. I mean, that's libaries named after you kinda money, save babies in Africa, and has dinner at the White House regularly type money.
      Mark: People don't gimme that kinda money. You have an unfair advantage, you work with children.
      Callie: You know, that money is gonna make such a difference for so many patients. It's really amazing.
      Mark: Maybe I should start doing more cleft palate kids. Everyone's a sucker for those.
      Arizona: 25 million dollars is pretty cool, right?
      Lexie: Best birthday gift, ever.
      Callie (confused): Birthday gift?
      Lexie: Yeah, 'cause the money's a gift. I-- I mean, technically it's for the hospital, not Arizona, but since your birthday's on Friday...
      Callie: Um, how does Little Grey know about your birthday and I don't?
      Arizona: Birthdays are just days like any other days. I don't like them, don't celebrate them, no big deal. 25 million dollars? That's a big deal.

    • Arizona: Okay, I know this is the first time on a PEDS rotation with me for some of you. (glares at Cristina) Not for others. But I wanted you to understand that I run my PEDS unit a little differently than you may be used to. This is not general surgery on a miniature scale. These are the tiny humans. These are children. They believe in magic. They play pretend. There is fairy dust in their IV bags. They hope, and they cross their fingers, and they make wishes, and that makes them more resilient than adults. They recover faster, survive worse. They believe. In PEDS, we have miracles and magic. In PEDS, anything is possible.

    • Owen: When we see Cristina, she's gonna be mad. Mad at me, for not paging her last night, possibly mad at you for not waking her up either. Now, I'm handling this. Do not engage her, do not provoke her. Simply ignore, alright?
      Callie: Oh, that's your plan? Ignore the scalpel hungry animal?
      Owen: Yep, until I come with something better.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): It's impossible to describe the panic that comes over you when you're a surgeon and your pager goes off in the middle of the night. Your heart starts to race. Your mind freezes. Your fingers go numb. You're invested. There's someone's mom, someone's dad, someone's kid. And now it's on you because that someone's life is in your hands. Surgeons, we're always investing in our patients. But when your patient's a child, you're not just invested, you're responsible. Responsible for whether or not that child survives, has a future. And that's enough to terrify anyone.

    • Callie: Hey, are you okay?
      Arizona: I need for you to tell me that I'm great.
      Callie: You're great.
      Arizona: I mean really tell me. Because I'm about to go in on a surgery I'm not sure I should be going in on, and I can't think like that, right? I can't go into the OR feeling like... this. So I need you to tell me I'm great. Make me... Make me hear it.
      Callie: You are great. You... are... great.
      Arizona: Thank you.

    • Bailey: Kangaroo.
      Alex: What?
      Bailey: The way you're holding the baby, it's called a Kangaroo hold. There's been cases where the Kangaroo has helped babies thrive. But Karev, look, look at the number.
      Alex: Huh. Heart rate's going up.
      Bailey: Yeah, it is. And her temperature's normal. Karev, you may have just kick-started this baby's entire system.
      Alex: Just by holding her.
      Bailey: Take off your shirt.
      Alex: What? No. Take off your shirt!
      Bailey: No, no. Just-- the kangaroo hold, it's most effective when there's skin-on-skin contact. It's usually the mom, but, you know, you're gonna have to do... I'm not kidding! Take off your shirt!

    • Alex: I can't leave, okay?
      Reed: Wow. Are you really so messed up that you can't let one person be nice to you, ever?
      Alex: I can't go. I can't go home. I can't get Izzie to call me back. She's gone. Could be dead for all I know. She left me with a 200,000 dollar medicial bill and I can't do anything about it. About any of it. But I can sit here, and I can hold this baby. That I can do.
      Reed: Then I'll sit here for a little while.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): They say the bigger your investment, the bigger your return. But you have to be willing to take a chance. You have to understand... you might lose it all. But if you take that chance, if you invest wisely, the payoff might just surprise you.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Operace k narozeninám (Surgery for Birthday)

    • Although the main credits appear at the sides of the screen, like they usually do, the one that says "An ABC Studios Production" appears at the middle of the screen, something we haven't seen since the early season 1 episodes.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: January 11, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Finland: January 13, 2010 on Nelonen
      Australia: March 2, 2010 on Channel 7
      The Netherlands: March 22, 2010 on Net5
      Germany: May 12, 2010 on ProSieben
      Norway: September 28, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: August 8, 2011 on Prima LOVE

    • Although credited, Katherine Heigl ("Izzie") didn't appear in this episode.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Gold Guns Girls by Metric
      2. Her Rotating Head by Bachelorette
      3. Breathe by The Cinematic Orchestra
      4. High Green Grass by Sébastien Schuller
      5. North By North by Faded Paper Figures
      6. Before It Breaks by Brandi Carlile
      7. Everything All at Once by Correatown